Online hacktivist group which goes by the collective name Anonymous responded to a trailer for the upcoming shooter videogame Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 which portrays the organization as the enemy of the United States, with a YouTube video of their own in which they threatened to hack Activision, the entertainment company behind the game, defacing their website and disrupting their online servers.
The video, which was posted by ALEXIUS ANON on May 4 and currently has 1,549 views, defends Anonymous as an organization of, fighters for freedom in every aspect of meaning, stating, we are not terrorists.
Responding to the offensive trailer, which was released online last week, Anonymous has already stolen and made public the personal information of Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg, but now they are threatening to hack the company's websites and cause millions of dollars worth of online damage.
This act will show you how serious our collective us and that we will protect any human who calls himself Anonymous, says the video's narrator, who wears a Guy Fawkes mask.
The original Blacks Ops trailer also depicted a person wearing the same mask, while a narrator notes that hackers could take over the military's servers and turn their drones against them and the US civilian population, stating, the enemy can be anywhere and can be anyone.
The Guy Fawkes mask has become a symbol of Anonymous, and is worn by members of the hacktivist collective at public rallies.
The trailer also includes quotations from Oliver North, who became infamous after taking the fall for selling weapons during the Iran-Contra government scandal.
The two-minute-long teaser trailer for the upcoming dystopic shooter game, which will be released on Nov. 13, was posted online on Wednesday. The live-action synopsis describes a future in which the US military has developed new technolgy for advanced warfare, which then becomes compromised when it is hacked by either an enemy nation or a terrorist organization, bringing chaotic war to a 21st century Los Angeles.
The visual reference to Anonymous, who are known for hacking prominent websites to protest imoral and illegal activity as well as simply for revenge or the lulz, had self-proclaimed Anonymous members responding almost immediately. Anons quickly took to Twitter to voice their reactions to the news that they might be the enemy in the upcoming Call of Duty game.
Greetings fellow users. It has come to our attention that Activision entertainment company used our collective as a bad example to other players all over the world. Selected company presented us as a terrorist group with plans to hijack planes and others. This is our reply to the selected company Activision: We are not terrorists, we are fighters for freedom in every aspect of meaning. However, if you want to present us in that way we will need to take action against your company and online servers. We will hijack military system and use valid date to control over the parameter. We will deface your online game servers and make damage of millions of dollars to your company. This act will show you how serious our collective us, and that we will protect any human who calls himself Anonymous. The time has come to expand our collective. It is time to take steps on streets, protest and other public actions in order to bring one step to mission and create a public team who will proceed with the mission. Again this is the act of all of us who share the same idea and mission. To others, our message is continue to share data, links and other protest space. That is all steps to one great plan, a final mission that will free the system form potential threats. So you can see, we are all one team, Anonymous. We are legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Activision, expect us.